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post #1 of 13 Old 01-10-2014, 01:56 AM Thread Starter
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Side cases vs saddle bags on long trips?

I'm planning to head down to Brasil on my 2009 KLR in 3 weeks and starting prep work. I can't decide what kind of luggage system to go with. I don't have a mounting rack either. It's bit overwhelming to choose THE one, and I would like to go with less expensive option since I'll leave the bike to my friend down there. What do you recommend or have at the moment, and are you happy with it? Thanks all!
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Three weeks for a trip to Brasil? You're the world's fastest planner! With that time frame, whatever you can get delivered the fastest will be the right choice. People use both bags and cases and either will work. Cases bolted to the bike are the most secure. Bags are more portable and won't break your leg in a crash.
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Three weeks for a trip to Brasil? You're the world's fastest planner! With that time frame, whatever you can get delivered the fastest will be the right choice. People use both bags and cases and either will work. Cases bolted to the bike are the most secure. Bags are more portable and won't break your leg in a crash.
That pretty much sums it up, excellent advice

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For your time frame, I'm with everyone else, go with some bags.
I have some FirstGear bags that have Velcro straps that just throw over the seat. Simple, fast, and you can just pull them off at stops, or at night.

WARNING! Make sure that the soft bags either have decent backing to them, or put an extra heat shield over the exhaust. The plastic started to melt after 200 miles on mine.

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Since I'm not working these next 3 weeks, it should be plenty of time. I'm thinking to go with bags but for extra protection and stability, install some cheap (!?) mounting rack.
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I have been on a quest for a good overall setup. I tarted with the bags, added Wolfman racks to cure that melting bag issue, then started on a set of 20MM ammo cans. They were the cheap setup, but at 19 lbs each, you have to upgrade the rear shock. I have Pelican 1550's right now and like them a lot. Off for some R&D today, let's see what today's ride finds.


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I think I'll go with moose rack (used) and wolfman bags (they look pretty good). Now I need to find some good, sturdy (non plastic) trunk box where I'll keep electronics and stuff that needs more protection. Any thoughts?
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I think I'll go with moose rack (used) and wolfman bags (they look pretty good). Now I need to find some good, sturdy (non plastic) trunk box where I'll keep electronics and stuff that needs more protection. Any thoughts?
Just curious, but why not plastic? Pelicans make excellent topcases as well as other manufacturers (Givi etc.) All are lockable for secure storage. Metal topcases are available as well.

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I'm not all against plastic as long as it gives good protection since I'll cary all my electronics in it. Price wise, it might be better to go with plastic. Do you have any specific model you can recommend?
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I'm planning to head down to Brasil on my 2009 KLR in 3 weeks and starting prep work. I can't decide what kind of luggage system to go with. I don't have a mounting rack either. It's bit overwhelming to choose THE one, and I would like to go with less expensive option since I'll leave the bike to my friend down there. What do you recommend or have at the moment, and are you happy with it? Thanks all!
Here's another option. I did some homemade racks on my 2011 KLR.
Racks & saddlebags on my KLR. ( scroll down to view... )
http://www.powers31.info/2011_KLR650.htm

The tail bag ( used on my KLR) is a First Gear Onyx tail bag.



The Saddle bags are Xelement bags... http://www.leatherup.com/p/Motorcycl...ags/49968.html

Saddle bags on my NX250. I also use them on my KLR.
http://www.powers31.info/nx250_saddlebags.htm

The nice thing about this setup is, the saddle bags are attached quite well, but come off in less than a minute. They can be swapped to the other bike as the racks are built the same, with same mounting.

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